We Are Here

An atlas of Aotearoa

Chris McDowall and Tim Denee

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Hard cover


An extraordinary visual data book like no other

Clustered yet scattered, we New Zealanders live across the country’s physical landscapes, experiencing its varied weather and environments. We co-create its political, economic and social systems on a daily basis. Each of us has a particular view of Aotearoa, yet nobody comprehends the whole.

This book’s sets of maps and graphics help New Zealanders make sense of their country, to grasp the scale, diversity and intricacies of Aotearoa, and to experience feelings of connection to land, to place, to this time in our history, and to one another.

By making data visible, each graphic reveals insights about Aotearoa. They answer a range of questions: Who visits us? How equal are we? How were these lands formed? Where do we live and work? How do we hurt ourselves? Where do our cats go to at night? This compelling mixture of charts, graphs, diagrams, maps and illustrations is functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening. It tells us where we are, here, in 2019. Essays by some of New Zealand’s best thinkers complete the package.

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‘Data as poetry, as art, as cartography. A revelation. Buy it for everyone for Christmas.’ — Unity Books Bestseller Chart

  • CATEGORY: Creative arts, History, Natural history, Social issues
  • ISBN: 978-0-9941415-3-8
  • ESBN: N/A
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 03/10/2019
  • PAGE EXTENT: 240
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Dr Chris McDowall trained as a geographer with a focus on cartography and human geography.

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Tim Denee is a Wellington-based designer who has worked across a range of disciplines.